Wriddhiman Saha took a blow on the ring finger of his left hand on Monday and was replaced by Rishabh Pant as India inched closer to a 3-0 series whitewash on Day 3 of the third Test in Ranchi.
Saha was hit on his finger by a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery in the 27th over of South Africa’s second dig and the 34-year old stumper was seen in some pain before walking off the field. Saha’s finger was already taped and after copping further blow, he could not continue.
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Pant, who did not play a Test in this series, came on to replace him.
“Wriddhiman Saha has been replaced by Rishabh Pant who has taken a blow right on the end of the gloves,” a BCCI tweet said.
UPDATE - Wriddhiman Saha has been replaced by Rishabh Pant who has taken a blow right on the end of the gloves.#INDvSA— BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2019
Saha has been brilliant in this series behind the stumps, especially in the second Test in Pune where he took a couple of excellent catches. The Bengal stumper has previously been out of the team due to a long injury layoff.
The visitors were on the brink of another embarrassing defeat as they got bowled out for a mere 162 in their first innings in reply to India’s 497/9 declared.